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Old 06-14-2015, 06:20 PM   #1
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Default Tallest 16" rear tire please? Suggestions?

I searched, didn't see it but I know it's been mentioned before(?)

So I got my , "chromed in the 70's, polished through the 80's" Triumph rear hub laced to my 16" rim.
Proud to say I laced it myself and it looks much tastier in "crummy-chrome" than the standard soot black.

But since the smaller diameter wheel doesn't hit the same top speed as the standard 18" wheel, I'm curious what tires might help offset that difference please?

Who makes a nice, new and tall 16" tire?


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Old 06-14-2015, 06:35 PM   #2
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Default Re: Tallest 16" rear tire please? Suggestions?

Check these out It's as tall as could find
Shinko Super Classic 270 Motorcycle Tire 5.00-16 Front, Rear
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Old 06-14-2015, 06:38 PM   #3
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You are correct that a modern 16" tire is shorter than a 4.00-18. I would recommend one of the replica tires in a 5.00-16 or the venerable AVON SM MKII in a 5.00-16.
The 5.10-16 size like the Goodyear SpeedGrip and its replicas is a low profile tire that is shorter than the 4.00-18
The tallest is the Allstate 5.00-16 with the Grasshopper thread design but such a tire may visually overpower your bike. Look for Allstate tires on FaceBook or instagram.
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Old 06-14-2015, 07:03 PM   #4
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Default Re: Tallest 16" rear tire please? Suggestions?

Avon SM is what we used to fit as in the day they were the only 5.00x16 Tyre available here....
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The Shinko 270 is a copy of the Goodyear Super Eagle and is about as tall as you get.
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Old 06-14-2015, 08:49 PM   #6
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I prefer a tall sidewall and wanted to go with a long lasting tire so on this conical hub laced to a 16 I run a Coker classic 5.50 X 16. It is meant to be run on a car but it behaves pretty good and hasn't given me any trouble on the canyon roads where's I ride. 27 1/4 tall by 5inches at the widest sidewall bulge 4 5/8 across the tread
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Dimensions are hard to find. Universal Tire says the ANS Firestone 500-16 is 26.4" tall. That's the same measurement they give for a Dunlop K70 400-18. I wish I could see that Firestone in real life.
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i run a set of those SHINKO E270 and a set of FIRESTONE CHAMPION DE LUXE on my bike

both look pretty high compared to more modern tyres and both have that vintage look - Performance of the Shinko's is a thad better than the firestones

the shinko is available in double whitewall and whitewall also

that's the shinkos



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I prefer a tall sidewall and wanted to go with a long lasting tire so on this conical hub laced to a 16 I run a Coker classic 5.50 X 16. It is meant to be run on a car but it behaves pretty good and hasn't given me any trouble on the canyon roads where's I ride. 27 1/4 tall by 5inches at the widest sidewall bulge 4 5/8 across the tread
could you post some pics of your ride with that car-rubber on the tail?
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Avon SMII 5x16 is 26.3" tall.
Avon SMII 4x18 is 26.7" tall.
Avon SMII 4x19 is 27.6" tall.

Numbers are from Avon's site.
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Old 06-15-2015, 01:32 PM   #11
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I can tell you the following are smaller tires.
  • The shinko 240 is the Speed grip copy. And it is MT-90 and significantly smaller.
  • The 16" Duro has a similar smaller size.

Otherwise, all of the following vintage style 16" tires are going to be basically the same, and about as big as they come:
  • shinko 270
  • Avon Safety Mileage mk II
  • Firestone Champion Deluxe
  • Firestone ANS
  • Indian tire (copy of old ARCO)
  • Coker Classic
  • Beck Tread
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The 240 is the Super Eagle copy. And it is MT-90 and significantly smaller.
The 16" Duro has a similar smaller size.

Otherwise, all of the following vintage style 16" tires are going to be basically the same, and about as big as they come:
  • shinko 270
  • Avon Safety Mileage mk II
  • Firestone Champion Deluxe
  • Firestone ANS
  • Indian tire (copy of old ARCO)
  • Coker Classic
  • Beck Tread
I mounted a Shinko 270 on my '49 pan last night. Other than being blackwall the tire looks just like the Goodyear Super Eagle on the front wheel. I haven't seen any 240 in person but it has no center groove in any of the pictures I've seen, and the 270 does. The 240 looks like a copy of a Goodyear Speedgrip. Which I am also familiar with. I'm still running them on my '69 FLH. Also the 270 measured 27 1/2 inches best as I could tell. I'll check it with 2 squares later to be more exact.
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The 240 looks like a copy of a Goodyear Speedgrip. .
you are correct. thanks for clarifying: I got the two mixed up in my head. I edited my post.
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500.16 from universal tire is pretty tall.




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...change the rear sprocket and let a modern nice and safety low profile there.
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shinko 270 is 26 7/8
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Default Re: Tallest 16" rear tire please? Suggestions?

New Shinko 270 and used 240 side by side. 240 is square compared to round shape 270. I had to modify the fender when changing from 240 to 270 since 270 is like an inc taller.


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been riding the Shinko E240 on some of my bikes - Performance in curves was "so so" so i swapped to AVONS on the black bobber

Performance was still not "exiting" and comparable with more modern designed tyres but much better than on the square-shaped E240ies

as for the tail only think the E240 does his Job also

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cool rig!

the rubber on the tails really Looks tall - how about the handling?
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